What’s new in The Edible Landscape? How to grow in cold climates. Emily Tepe, the designer of the University of Minnesota’s edible garden, shares her tips in this inspiring book. Makes a change from the California photos we’re used to seeing.
From soil testing to plant combos, you can do the whole garden based on the information here. Lots of fun stuff too, like Top Ten Container Edibles leading into Picnic on the Balcony. There’s an appendix of edibles for northern gardens with short seasons.
Enter to win the book by telling us in the comments which edible you think is the most dramatic addition to a garden. We’ll pick the winner (eyes closed, pinkie promise) and announce that on Tuesday.
The winner of Foraged Flavor from Free book Tuesday is…drumroll…Janine! Yay! Janine, please send me your mailing address.
We’re picking up the giveaway pace in December. All freebies all the time. Hope that works for you!
Do you nibble in your garden?
Elevate your outdoor noshing game with Foraged Flavor. The authors are food pros and they guide you through each season, with suggestions on what’s ready to pick out there in the backyard/meadow/woods/overgrown alley (plus 88 recipes). Your dinner party guests will surely notice when Pickled Cattail Shoots are on the menu.
Curious? See if this foraging video captures your imagination.
Enter to win the book by telling us in the comments which wild foods you like to gather. We’ll pick the winner (eyes closed, pinkie promise) and announce that on Friday.
The winner of Hardy Perennials in last week’s Free book Friday is…drumroll…Judy Sundermann! Yay! Judy, please email us your mailing address.
Sure, annuals are fun. But when petunias pall, go talk to Graham Rice. His classic Hardy Perennials collection of favorite flowering plants will spark your imagination. Everyone loves hellebores, but what about hepaticas? Are you ready to begin with bergenias?
Enter to win the book by telling us in the comments which perennial flowers you’ve always been meaning to plant. We’ll pick the winner (eyes closed, pinkie promise) and announce that next Friday.
The winner of last week’s Free book Friday Growing at the Speed of Light...drumroll…Marianne West! Yay!
Really? You’re going to all that work when what most people want to eat on Thanksgiving is this stuff, complete with can lines?
Okay, if you insist. Here’s how to create your own cranberry bed.
And when you come back from your harvest be sure you don’t read this taste test saying that Ocean Spray wins.
Essex Chronicle—-Hairy eared rose bush bandit.
Just in time for the holidays, Free book Friday is back (and winners, you won’t hurt our feelings if you regift).
If you’ve been toying with the idea of an organic kitchen garden, then Growing at the Speed of Life is for you. Famed TV chef Graham Kerr aka The Galloping Gourmet gives us the lessons learned in his first year of growing 60 kinds of edibles. And quelle surprise, he gives us 100 recipes for cooking them too.
His breezy style makes it as much fun to read about French drains as about braised celery hearts.
Enter to win the book by telling us in the comments which edibles you’d like to add to your garden OR offer your favorite memory of The Galloping Gourmet. We’ll pick the winner (eyes closed, pinkie promise) and announce that next Friday.
Last time’s winner of Sunset’s The 20-Minute Gardener...drumroll…Lynne Cody! Yay! Lynne, please email us with your address.
Okay, garden pros, gather ‘round and tell me—what is the tiniest flowering plant in the world?
Nope, not baby’s breath but this green Wolffia globosa (Asian watermeal). If you’re in Hawaii, California, or Florida you may be growing this in your own backyard pond. The USDA says it’s edible landscaping. Have any of you tasted it?
Newser—-Study says dinosaurs were tip-toeing through the tulips.
How can I make my late, green tomatoes turn red? “Farmer” Fred Hoffman, Sacramento’s award-winning garden radio man, has a round-up (no, not that kind) of tips for us.
Want to just bread and fry them? Here’s a buttermilk and cornmeal version of that classic recipe.
And about a zillion more green tomato recipes with a Southern twist.
Our question for you: Can you name the movie source of this quote? That frying pan did more than fry chicken that night. First with the correct answer in the comments wins a garden gift!
The Local—-In other vegetable news, meet the largest potato ever grown in Sweden.
This Cornish creature is a mesmerizing mass of moss.
Orlando Sentinel—-Okay so they can’t take the Myers-Briggs test, but spiders have a range of temperaments.
A box of FREE organic, non-GMO vegetable seed packs will be sent to any school in the U.S. by Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply, known online as GrowOrganic.com. Have a school administrator or the school garden coordinator apply to Peaceful Valley/GrowOrganic.com by Friday, November 8.
Those happy gardeners with Peaceful Valley seeds are from the Home Study Farm program at the Yuba River Charter School in Nevada City, California.
PennLive—-How much do you trust the caterpillars? They’re predicting a rough winter.
And then there’s the Dark Side of gardening. You may not have black gates, like the Duchess of Northumberland, but you probably have quite a selection of poisonous plants. Many of those “deer-resistant” plants? Poisonous. The reason gophers don’t eat daffodil bulbs? Poisonous. The look your neighbor gives you when you start in with the botanical Latin? Poisonous.
La Crosse Tribune—-Man cited for being the opposite of a tree hugger.